Lock and Key: The Gadwall Incident : Lock and Key

  • by Ridley Pearson
  • Narrated by Nicola Barber
  • Series: Lock and Key
  • 1 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of the Peter and the Starcatcher and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the stirring digital prequel to the Lock and Key series, which reimagines the origins of the rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty.
In The Gadwall Incident, listeners get a glimpse into James' life a mere 24 hours before the tipping point - before life as he knows it changes irrevocably and his childhood slips into the shadows. Listeners will come to know the dangers that surround the Moriartys before James and Moria are sent off to the hallowed halls of Baskerville Academy, where they first meet the insufferable, inexhaustible Sherlock Holmes. It's a tale full of intrigue and false starts and daring getaways, one that will leave listeners desperate to know what's next.

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Got me interested

This is a prequel book for Lock & Key. I wasn't sure what to expect for a free prequel but this definitely has me looking forward to Lock & Key. Good story and narration.
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- Todd (Toad) Vogel

This Book Wouldn't Be Missed if You Don't Open It

What did you love best about Lock and Key: The Gadwall Incident?

The world building and descriptions. The sibling interactions were plausible but Moria acted older than her age. The missing mother is mentioned too much. Telling us James is her brother often was also annoying.


Would you ever listen to anything by Ridley Pearson again?

I'd read the first two books in the Starcatchers series. I would love to listen to them and complete the series. I would not listen to the Lock & Key series, but would immerse in his other works.


Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first Nicola Barber narrated audiobook. She's a profound narrator and I would have added some of her other works to my Wish List.


Any additional comments?

This was a freebie on Audible. It's worth a freebie, but that's about it.
The narrator is decent and allows one to listen to completion.
The prequel supposedly offers some background to James and Moria's mysteriously missing parents but doesn't necessarily entice one to continue with the series. It's shallow, but few prequels pull me into a story.
The flipping first person Moria POV and third person James POV is trifling and a type I generally avoid.
Mr Ridley's structure is flawless, as we know from his StarCatcher series (which I adored!) In comparison, this was an embarrassing disgrace and let down.

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- Myztikal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-23-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio